General Knowledge Quiz #211

Can you answer these random trivia questions?
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What country is mostly located in Africa, but has a small amount of territory in Asia?
Egypt
What is the largest type of musical instrument that is commonly used?
Pipe organ
What V word refers to a personal servant such as Jeeves?
Valet
There's a decent chance that something you are wearing right now has the
letters YKK on it. What is it?
Zipper
Who was born as Cassius Clay in Louisville, Kentucky in 1942?
Muhammad Ali
What is the Italian word for love?
Amore
What comes in lead-acid, nickel-cadmium, and lithium-ion varieties?
Batteries
What country was once led by general Augusto Pinochet?
Chile
What is the most common mens' name in Spain that starts with the letter C?
Carlos
What country of 25 million has had zero confirmed cases of coronavirus due to
tight lockdowns and strict border controls?
North Korea
What country's official newspaper was called Pravda, meaning "truth"?
Soviet Union
Many people spell the word cemetary wrong. In fact, we just did.
What is the correct spelling?
Cemetery
How many children did Queen Elizabeth I have?
Zero
What mythological figure died after being hit in the heel with an arrow?
Achilles
What is the term for a long gun that has grooves cut into its barrel which spin the bullet?
Rifle
What actor uses his middle initial, B, to distinguish himself from the basketball player
with the same first and last names?
Michael B. Jordan
What movie characters were portrayed by Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves?
Bill and Ted
There are four throwing events in the Olympics: the shot put,
the discus, the javelin, and what?
Hammer Toss
Into what river are the cremated remains of about 25,000 people disposed annually?
Ganges
Besides biannual, what is another word that means twice a year?
Semiannual
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Level 81
Dec 13, 2020
Was trying to remember if there was an NBA player named Cecil de Mille. :-P
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Level 81
Dec 13, 2020
Awesome as always!
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Level 51
Dec 13, 2020
Please accept "Zip" as an answer for question 4 for speakers of British English. Thank you.
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Level ∞
Dec 13, 2020
Done
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Level 64
Dec 15, 2020
You really say zip? That sounds weird. But hey, who am I to say something about that. We call them Reißverschluss.
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Level 69
Jan 15, 2021
Is this German irony? :)
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Level 67
Jan 26, 2021
I had to think what we call them... and now I am confused (faster than I can type.) First I thought rits, but then thought no that is the whole thing. Then ah maybe ritssluiting. Then I thought what is the word for the entire thing in English and well zip (per) was what my mind produced.

and forgot how I wanted to continue because I was interrupted (had to let the cat out .) While walking back I was thinking so how would they say when it is left open. And then ow yea "fly"

Conclusion no idea haha just wanted to type what we call it.. sigh

ow yea and wondering now if I switched rits and ritssluiting and rits. Don't know what is referring to what now in any language.. ahhh

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Level 81
Dec 13, 2020
Most modern guns have "rifling", not just rifles. This includes handguns.
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Level 74
Dec 14, 2020
The question specifies "long gun". So even with rifling, hand-guns are excluded.
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Level 79
Dec 13, 2020
The principal meaning of "biannual" is twice a year, see https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biannual (many other online dictionaries agree). The word that unequivocally means once every other year is "biennial".
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Level ∞
Dec 13, 2020
Fixed, thank you.
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Level 74
Dec 13, 2020
The mythological figure who died was hit in the heel, not ankle
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Level ∞
Dec 14, 2020
D'oh! Fixed.
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Level 75
Dec 14, 2020
It's rather likely that another factor in the zero reported cases is lack of transparency / honest reporting.
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Level ∞
Dec 14, 2020
Of course. That question is very tongue in cheek on multiple levels.
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Level 70
Dec 15, 2020
Further tongue-in-cheek: "What country of 25 million has had zero confirmed cases of coronavirus due to

tight lockdowns and strict border controls and the wanton murder of innocent fishermen from neighboring nations?"

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Level 84
Dec 16, 2020
They have a perfect leader so of course they don't have any cases. No flu either. Or cancer probably, since he cured it himself.
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Level 78
Dec 17, 2020
"What is the largest type of musical instrument that is commonly used?"

What does this mean? This is very, very vague and very, very imprecise as a clue. Pipe organs aren't used in symphonies, for example. I doubt many people have an opportunity ever to even touch a pipe organ.

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Level 58
Jan 26, 2021
agree - the question should probably ask for an instrument, not a type of instrument. i was thinking brass, percussion - maybe ‘contra’?
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Level 67
Jan 26, 2021
Yea I found it ambiguous as well. My first answer was piano but after that I tried musical instrument Types and not specific musical instruments. Like string, brass woodwind (actually tried woodwork and then wind I think, couldn't remember the correct English terms)
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Level 59
Jan 26, 2021
YKK? laughs in sweatpants
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Level 78
Jan 26, 2021
After nearly a year in lockdown without them, I've decided I may never wear a YKK again.
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Level 66
Jan 26, 2021
I feel dumb for not getting a lot of these. For the Italian word question, I kept trying the craziest variants of "amor" (even "ameur" for some reason), but didn't think of just adding an E. For the Spain one, I thought of Charles as a common mens' name that began with C, but couldn't for the life of me remember what the Spanish version of it was. Completely forgot the word "semiannual" existed, and I probably would have gotten "rifle" too if I didn't get impatient and just give up.
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Level 62
Jan 26, 2021
It's 'Hammer Throw'. I've never heard of it being referred to as the 'Hammer Toss'. But definitely, at the World Champs and the Olympics, one of the best events to watch.
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Level 61
Jan 27, 2021
It didn't take "Bill S. Preston, esquire, and Ted 'Theodore' Logan"
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Level 76
Jan 28, 2021
Also doesn't take Wyld Stallyns. Bogus!
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Level 73
Jan 28, 2021
I was thinking of the sport that is hammer toss, but just didn't know what it was called!
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Level 50
Jan 28, 2021
"due to tight lockdowns and strict border controls" uh huh lol
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Level 50
Jan 28, 2021
Could you also accept sniper rifle, and not just rifle?
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Level 63
Mar 17, 2021
I'd just like to point out that "semiannual" and "biannual" have slightly different meanings. Semiannual generally means every half year whereas biannual is twice a year but not necessarily at 6 month increments.